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Nurs Educ Perspect. 2019 May/Jun;40(3):171-173. doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000388.

Exploring Public Health and Nursing Students' Perceptions of Each Other's Professional Roles.

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About the Authors Sam White is a nursing student, Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri. Susan Lambert, MSN, RN, is an instructor of nursing, Truman State University. Joseph Visker, PhD, MCHES, is an assistant professor of health science and health education, Minnesota State University, Mankato. Ben Lasser, Christian Banez, and Eli Puett are students, Truman State University. Karl Larson, PhD, MCHES, is an associate professor and department chair, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, Minnesota. Carol Cox, PhD, MCHES, is a professor of health science, Truman State University. This work was supported by a small university-sponsored student research grant from Truman State University. For more information, contact Dr. Cox at


Public health education specialists and nurses often work interprofessionally in the public health setting. Using a mixed-methods design, this exploratory study evaluated the effect of an online interprofessional case study activity on nursing and public health education students' perceptions of each other's professional role. For the public health experimental group only, a statistically significant change (p < .05) was found in their perceptions of the professional roles of nurses including large changes in six specific domains. Recommendations for implementing interprofessional education programs include more emphasis on education about professional scopes of practice and roles/responsibilities of the health professions.

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